In 2021, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) identified a critical need to improve lives in the Capital Region by enhancing access to addiction support services. OASAS, in partnership with the Capital Behavioral Health Network (CBHN), sought to create an innovative transportation project over the next two years. Services provided by Tech Valley Shuttle became a cornerstone of this initiative. This collaboration aims to assist those struggling with addiction and their loved ones, creating a ripple effect that will benefit the community at large.
Capital Behavioral Health Network is an Independent Practice Association (IPA) with 30 mental health and substance use services organization members who provide services in 11 counties in the Capital Region and beyond. The network's vision is to create a robust network of mental health and substance abuse care providers who work together to create optimal care outcomes. To that end, CBHN facilitates multi-county and multi-partner initiatives designed to improve care in our region. More information about CBHN at our website - www.cbhnetwork.com.
CBHN recently received a new funding award that continues a project that started in 2022. The project was initially funded to implement the non-medical transportation project for individuals receiving substance use services with the goal of mitigating transportation issues that get in the way of successful treatment and recovery. This new funding allows for a continuation of this very successful project.
"We are thrilled to renew our partnership with CBHN for the second year," said Trent Griffin-Braff, CEO of Tech Valley Shuttle. "Last year, we completed over 200 rides, helping hundreds of the region's residents. We are eager to continue this crucial work and anticipate even more positive impacts in our community."
To be eligible for transportation services, the individual must be connected to or seeking substance use services, have no other transportation resources available, and be seeking transportation that aligns with a treatment or recovery service plan. Requests for transportation must come from a community service organization, such as a substance use services organization.
Individuals can receive transportation to harm reduction, prevention, recovery, and treatment services, along with locations like the pharmacy, grocery store, bank, court, etc.
“We hear every day how valuable this service is to individuals and service providers in our region. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Tech Valley Shuttle so that recovery from addiction is accessible to all”, said Kelly Lane, Director of Regional Projects at Capital Behavioral Health Network..
Organizations can receive more information about eligibility service area by contacting Kelly Lane at email@example.com.